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“When I think about this place, the word that comes is ‘grace.’ I don’t know what it is exactly, but it feels like it’s here—coming together and making an even greater grace—and I love it.” —Allen’s Neck State of Society Report, 2022

Four centuries ago, Quakers left traditional churches and started gathering for a more personal connection with God. Individually, Quakers may use different words like Spirit, or Divine, or Inner Light to describe this connection. Collectively, we believe in equality and opportunity for all people. We believe in peacemaking and simplicity. We believe there is love and good in everyone, and we are strengthened by diversity of background and belief, gender and race.

One of six meeting houses in the South Coast area, Allen’s Neck Meeting House was built in 1761. In the past 150 years we have become a much more diverse community while preserving our core values. We are currently in the process of transitioning to a minister-less, unprogrammed meeting.. All that attend have value and a voice in worship. All that attend are ministers who minister to each other. We strive to speak with spirit and listen with understanding and patience.

“A Quaker Meeting is just that: a meeting of bodies and souls. It is the people who worship there week after week; who take part in discussion groups, business meetings, weddings and funerals; who switch on the lights and lock up at the end; who do announcements and make tea; who just turn up to see if they like it.” —Geoffrey Durham, 2010